Good Morning From IMS!

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 27, 2018 by Oilpressure

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What a beautiful morning for a race! There is no threat of rain, the sun is already shining against The Pagoda and the place is already filling up. We made it just inside the gate when the opening bomb went off at 6:00. Once we made it through the tunnel and into the IMS Media Center, I made the obligatory photo of The Pagoda with the darker southwestern sky behind it.

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I also made the usual shot of the track from inside the Media Center, although it was not as early as last year’s – accounting for the lighter sky in this year’s photo.

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The Media Center was already buzzing at 6:00. By 10:00, there will not be an empty seat. Most days in May, this place is only one-third to one-half full. But on Race Day, it’s packed.

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There was quite the storm here last night – literally. We left the track around 6:00 last night to meet my brother at a restaurant near our hotel in Avon, about ten miles from IMS. A sudden shower popped up out of nowhere while we were eating. While we were in there, we suddenly started seeing random pictures and videos that people were posting from the Legends Day concert at the track. It looked like a hurricane was going through. Apparently the parking lot across 16th Street from the track, where IndyCar headquarters are located flooded and was dubbed by some as Lake IndyCar. I was glad we left when we did.

The sun is now fully in the sky and I can hear the Gordon Pipers playing down below. Now that we’re settled, Susan and I are going to go wander the grounds and meet up with my brother. It’s going to be a great day.

Please follow us along on Twitter for photos. But please note – there will no tweets during the race for two reasons. One is that I plan on watching the race and not tweeting about it. The other is that with over 300,000 people on the grounds, it’s difficult to tweet or text from the stands during the race. You may follow me at @Oilpressureblog or Susan at @MrsOilpressure.

I may or may not have something else up here before the race. Regardless, I’ll definitely have a wrap-up here after the race, so check back later. But in case I don’t come back here beforehand – enjoy the race, everyone!

George Phillips

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Legends Day Drivers Meeting & Photos

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 26, 2018 by Oilpressure

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Legend’s Day is probably the most laid-back day at the track. Once the drivers leave for the parade and the Vintage cars drive around the track there’s not a lot to do. If you want to wander the grounds at IMS, this would be a good day. It’s also a good day to get any of your souvenir purchases or just soak in the ambiance of the track.

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Legends Day Foul Up

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 26, 2018 by Oilpressure

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Actually I had decided that I had nothing really worthy of posting today. Susan got some great photos of the Driver’s Meeting this morning that she is probably going to post up here later this evening. But something happened today that infuriated me, so I decided to go off on a rant here.

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One Of My Biggest Highlights

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 25, 2018 by Oilpressure

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First of all, The Carb Day practice went off with no incidents, which is good. You don’t want anyone to wad up the car forty-eight hours before the race. Danica Patrick had an engine issue and missed most of the practice, but was able to get back out to run a total of fifteen laps. She was still fast enough to be eighth quick in the session.

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Carb Day at IMS

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 25, 2018 by Oilpressure

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Good morning from a hot and already crowded Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It’s Carb Day and the place was packed and buzzing with early morning partiers when we were sitting in traffic at 9:30. It’ll be a good crowd today. Susan took a panoramic shot of the crowd already here at 10:00.

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Indianapolis 500 Preview

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 25, 2018 by Oilpressure

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The practices have all been run, qualifying runs have taken place, drivers have been bumped and the field has been set. Now all that’s left to do is run the race. Ok…there is Carb Day today, but it’s been a while since anything significant came out of Carb Day – other than more than a few unclean and unsightly people.

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Shopping At The Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 24, 2018 by Oilpressure

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By Susan Phillips

I must be falling into a rut of posting on getting everyone to spend money while at the track. First the Bronze/Silver Badges, now let’s hit the gift shops! My favorite place to spend money is at the IMS Museum Gift Shop. It spans across the entrance of the building—one side has mostly men’s wear and the other side has mostly women’s and kids wear. The satellite gift shops at the track are getting a lot of merchandise that the IMS Museum Gift shop has, but generally I need something to do while George and his brothers discuss the cars in minute detail that are in the museum.

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